A while back I posted an urgent please because our crazy Spanish moggy Ooof had got himself tangled up with a horrible sticky flypaper which I couldn't get off. He is now clean and shiny again and we are working on getting him his "pet passport" so that he can travel with us between Spain and the UK whenever we need to do so. He has had his microchip, rabies jab and blood test and will be all set to travel from February 4th next year.
As we have a very long drive throughout the whole length of Spain and France before we can get on the cross channel ferry and then another 8 hour drive to our English home (total about 3 days) I have been debating how best to travel with him in the car. He doesn't seem to bothered about a car trip - he cries for a short time and then settles into his cat carrier. I have a covered litter tray which he is happy to use if he is given some privacy but I'm wondering if the safest way to have him outside the car is with a harness and lead? He thinks a harness is great fun but spends all his time leaping in the air and trying to walk backwards or rolling on his back and playing with the lead and I end up carrying him! This is OK normally but if we are stopped at the roadside I can't think of any other way of expecting him to perform and my husband draws the line at driving with a used litter tray in the car.
Is there anyone with any tips about how to persuade him to be more sensible on the harness (it's the type which goes from his shoulders down his chest to a band under his front legs rather than a collar extension type). Or any other suggestions about how to travel with him in the car for such a long journey? The alternative is a flight but the airports in the UK accepting pets travelling with a Pet Passport are few and far between.